BEREA, Ohio - Once the Browns stopped trading, they got back to picking in the NFL draft.
Looking ahead and planning for the 2014 draft already, the Browns traded away two of their late-round picks in this year's draft Saturday for selections next year before selecting Notre Dame safety Jamoris Slaughter in the sixth round.
Cleveland entered the third and final day of this year's draft with five picks, but swapped their fourth-round pick (No. 111 overall) to the rival Pittsburgh Steelers for a third-rounder in `14, and then dealt their fifth-round selection (No. 139) to Indianapolis for a future fourth-rounder.
The Browns and Steelers had not made a trade since 1968.
Apparently, Browns CEO Joe Banner and general manager Michael Lombardi didn't think there was much value in the later rounds of this year's draft. Cleveland came in without a second-round pick -- they lost it when they picked wide receiver Josh Gordon in last year's supplemental draft -- and ended up picking just two of the top 174 players.
The moves were unexpected for a team that won just five games last season and underwent another major off-season overhaul. This draft is also taking place amid uncertainty about the future as new owner Jimmy Haslam is under federal investigation for a fraud scheme at Pilot Flying J, his family's truck-stop chain.
After the Browns made the deal with Pittsburgh, the Steelers used it to take Syracuse safety Shamarko Thomas. Cleveland originally had the 104th pick but swapped with Miami as part of a trade for slot wide receiver Davone Bess, who passed his physical on Saturday to finalize the deal.
In the sixth round, the Browns chose Slaughter, who played just three games last season for the Fighting Irish before rupturing his left Achilles against Michigan State on Sept. 15. Slaughter said he's still recovering from the injury but is expected to be ready by the start of training camp. He was surprised to be drafted.
The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder played cornerback and outside linebacker before switching to safety.
The Browns were expected to take a safety to add depth behind starter T.J. Ward and backups Eric Hagg and Tashaun Gipson. Slaughter can also play special teams.
Cleveland also had two seventh-round picks (Nos. 217 and 227).